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Cataract Awareness Month

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June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support others.

Did you know that over 24 million Americans have cataracts? More than 3.5 million Canadians are blind from cataracts, making it one of the most common – and serious – eye conditions today. Dr. Valenta Carter treats cataract patients from all over Plano, TX with the newest and most effective methods of eye care.

With millions of people living with the condition, it’s now more important than ever to bring awareness to this serious condition.

What Are Cataracts?

So what exactly are cataracts?

The lens of the eye is normally clear, which allows you to see things clearly and in sharp detail. Over time, the lens can become cloudy, causing blurry vision. It’s as if you’re looking through a dirty window and can’t really see what’s outside. This clouding of the lens is called a cataract, and it can affect one or both of your eyes.

What Causes Cataracts?

Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. The lens of your eye contains water and proteins. As you age, these proteins can clump together, and when that happens, the normally clear lens becomes cloudy.

Did you know that certain types of major eye surgeries and infections can trigger cataracts? Other issues that can lead to cataracts include congenital birth defects, eye injury, diseases, and even various kinds of medications. If you’re already developing cataracts, be careful when going outside. UV rays from the sun can make cataracts develop faster.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Cataracts?

Certain risk factors increase your chance of developing cataracts. These typically include:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Family and medical history
  • Medications
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • UV ray exposure

To lower your risk, consider reducing your alcohol intake, quit smoking, start an exercise program, eat foods rich in vitamin A and C, and wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts

If you have cataracts, you may experience some common symptoms like:

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that used to be bright now appear dim
  • Double vision
  • Glare from natural sunlight or from artificial light, like light bulbs and lamps
  • Halos around lights
  • Night vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light

If you or a family member notice any of these signs, talk to Dr. Valenta Carter right away. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can help you get back to clear vision.

Coping With Cataracts

If you’re experiencing vision problems from cataracts, there is hope. If you have a mild case, a combination of a different eyeglass prescription and better lighting in your home, office, or other environment can improve your vision. In more advanced cases, your optometrist will likely recommend cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one.

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures today. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 2 million people undergo the procedure each year.

During the procedure, the doctor will gently remove the cataract from the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (known as an IOL). Because it’s a common procedure, cataract surgery is usually performed in an outpatient clinic or in your eye doctor’s office. There is no need to stay in a hospital and you can usually resume your normal activities in just a few days.

If you’ve exhausted every other solution and still suffer from blurry vision from cataracts, surgery may be an option. Schedule a consultation online or call (469) 904-0377 to book an eye doctor’s appointment at TSO Custer Creek and together, we’ll determine if cataract surgery is right for you. 

During this Cataract Awareness Month, share your stories and successes, and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

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3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 105
Richardson, TX 75080

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3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 105
Richardson, TX 75080
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Our Reviews

Such a nice store with a good collection of specs. Customer service is really good. Specially Minoska is great. She gives you ample and patiently shows different frames/glasses and explains every option in detail. They also don't trick you to purchase unnecessary add-ons and stuff. However, this store is not for anyone looking for glasses as cheap as Walmart. You get what you pay for. P.S. I have not used their eye care services, perhaps next time.
1 day ago
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- Zeeshan N.
eye doctor's office
The staff and doctor are very nice and genuinely care about your well being and make you feel very comfortable. By far the best eye care I have received so far. Doctor explains everything in detail about your eyes. I highly recommend this place to anyone!
5 days ago
5
- Rakshya D.
eye doctor's office
Absolutely love this place! Dr. Carter and the staff are amazing and so friendly :) They provide great service. I cannot say enough good things about TSO at Custer Creek.
1 week ago
5
- Rosemarie M.
eye doctor's office
Love, love, LOVE Dr. Carter! The doctor and staff are all amazing and always put their patients first. Always super helpful with your vision needs! Definitely would recommend!
3 weeks ago
5
- Ianelli G.
eye doctor's office
Great service!
4 weeks ago
5
- Christian A.
eye doctor's office
Great place to get an eye exam and glasses. The prices are fair, the service is great and everyone takes pride in their service. I would recommend anyone get their glasses from here. Myself as well as my family have all been very happy with our experience.
1 month ago
5
- Jessica G.
eye doctor's office
This is my first visit to this office due to my only pair of glasses breaking, and my mind was blown. I have never encountered such a nice staff there first goal was to make me feel comfortable.. which they did. They made the whole process go smoothly from paperwork, to payment, to appointment setup just all of it. Dr. Carter is extremely patient, and more importantly knowledgeable at her craft, but what made the difference for me is she has a great attitude, and is very personable. Willing to take the extra steps, but could say that about everyone that works there. This is a must go if you are in the need for glasses or contacts or if you just want to visit I'm sure they wouldn't mind lol. Highly recommend to everyone.
1 month ago
5
- Nicholas R.
eye doctor's office

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Medical Plans:

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  • Eye Med
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
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If you do not see your plan listed here, please give us a call and we would be happy to assist you. Our eye care staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.

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